Positive PPD with history of BCG - page 2

I have a long drama about BCG & PPD which some out there may benefit from; especially foreign nurses moving to the US. I had BCG as a child (age 2 I think) in preparation for my parents to move to... Read More

  1. by   vampiregirl
    Ok, question from a nursing student...

    What is a BCG (no luck with googling it)?

  2. by   EricJRN
    Quote from emtrachel
    Ok, question from a nursing student...

    What is a BCG (no luck with googling it)?

    BCG stands for Bacille Calmette-Guerin and it's a TB vaccine given in some countries. A lot of controversy surrounds it, since studies show conflicting information about its efficacy (some studies say it works ~80% of the time, while some say it hardly works at all). There is also a lot of confusion about how to interpret TB test results in a person who has previously received the BCG vaccine, which is the topic here.
  3. by   coolvibesRN
    I had a BCG when i was a child. Never tested postive to the PPD till last year. I had this large bump which itched and itched. But my CXR was negative. So i gues i will be having CXR q1-2yrs:angryfire
  4. by   BGboy
    I had a BCG as a child, and I have a red mark like a bean since then. It never went off, I don't know is that positive negative whatever. Is that going to be an issue when I wanna start working at a hospital? What do I have to do. I was told I don't have to take any immunizations for TB under any circumstances.
  5. by   newlpn08
    I had a BCG in 1978 in Norway. I have never been exposed to TB, and my PPD was negative until 1978. I have had negative x-rays here in the US, but just out of curiosity I had a PPD done a couple of years ago. Both my doctor and I thought I may not have a reaction since I had the BCG almost 30 years ago. Boy, were we wrong. Huge reaction, showed up as positive on the test, and swollen itchy arm. Anyway, I went and got a chest x-ray which shows me as negative, and that was it. I won't be treated for TB since I don't have it, and I will just continue to supply an x-ray when it is time for the PPD.
  6. by   happy-gal
    Quote from newlpn08
    i had a bcg in 1978 in norway. i have never been exposed to tb, and my ppd was negative until 1978. i have had negative x-rays here in the us, but just out of curiosity i had a ppd done a couple of years ago. both my doctor and i thought i may not have a reaction since i had the bcg almost 30 years ago. boy, were we wrong. huge reaction, showed up as positive on the test, and swollen itchy arm. anyway, i went and got a chest x-ray which shows me as negative, and that was it. i won't be treated for tb since i don't have it, and i will just continue to supply an x-ray when it is time for the ppd.
    what if u had a positive ppd (due to bcg from the 80's) jan 2011, negative chest x ray in jan 2011. how do you avoid getting the xrays (cause of the radiation) if you have no symptoms of tb? especially to get a healthcare job?
  7. by   newlpn08
    You won't be able to avoid the xrays if you want to work in healthcare. They will insist on them every 2 years. Does not matter if you are asymptomatic or not.

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